PS3 Hack Lawsuit: Sony And GeoHot Settle Out Of Court


Posted April 11, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich

PlayStation 3

Sony and alledged PS3 hacker George Hotz, aka GeoHot, have settled their case out of court. A joint statement for both parties was posted to the PlayStation Blog stating the agreement was reached 10 days ago on March 31. The exact terms of the agreement are unknown but the statement says "Hotz consented to a permanent injunction." Keep reading for more.

Both parties say they are glad litigation is over, understandably so, as the case seemed like a headache for both parties. Sony was recently targeted by the hacker collective Anonymous for their treatment of GeoHot and their supposed violations of privacy on the internet. In the statement Hotz said, “It was never my intention to cause any users trouble or to make piracy easier. I’m happy to have the litigation behind me.”

GeoHot was accused by Sony of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Law by posting a hack for the PS3 to his blog and to YouTube. "SCEA accused Hotz of violating federal law by posting online information about the security system in the PlayStation 3 videogame console and software that SCEA claimed could be used to circumvent the security system in the console and allow the playing of pirated videogames." Sony also absolved GeoHot of any suspicion he may have been involved in the attacks on Sony's PSN. "Hotz was not involved in the recent attacks on Sony’s internet services and websites," Sony's statement said.

Sony concluded the statement by saying:

“We want our consumers to be able to enjoy our devices and products in a safe and fun environment and we want to protect the hard work of the talented engineers, artists, musicians and game designers who make PlayStation games and support the PlayStation Network,” added Russell. “We appreciate Mr. Hotz’s willingness to address the legal issues involved in this case and work with us to quickly bring this matter to an early resolution.”

I've tried to keep my opinion out of my coverage of this lawsuit, but I am glad the case ended this way. I do wonder why Sony waited so long to post the statement. Do you think this outcome will change Anonymous's stance on Sony?

Source: PlayStation Blog

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PS3 Hack Lawsuit: Sony And GeoHot Settle Out Of Court


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